Major Enhancements Added to StratusCore’s Virtual Studio Platform


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Back in January, StratusCore opened the doors to its cloud-based digital content production platform and suite of tools for the digital content industry. Now they've given the entire Virtual Studio platform a major update. Virtual Studio is a pre- to … [Read more...]

How to Light For Film – Part 2

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) When we last left off, we went over 3-point (and 4-point) lighting. 3-point lighting is the fundamental basis for lighting effectively. It’s not the only lighting style -- Dogme 95 films use only in scene lighting that happens naturally, for instance -- but it is … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: The 4 M’s Of A Screenplay’s Moral Premise


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Every film's screenplay has a plot structure to it, which can usually be summed up in three acts. Sometimes four or five acts or eight to twelve sequences but anyone who has studied and written screenplays has come across this stuff. As a director, it's important … [Read more...]

Star Trek: Discovery Originally Conceived as an Anthology Series


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) When a new Star Trek series was announced, CBS hired what many fans thought was the perfect person to bring it back to the small screen. Bryan Fuller not only created and ran some acclaimed television series, like Pushing Daisies and Hannibal, but he was a writer … [Read more...]

How to Light For Film – Part 1


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) It’s time for another how-to series! This time through, we’ll be tackling lighting for film and video. The easiest way to learn lighting is to start with 3-point lighting and playing around with the placement of said lights. 3-Point Lighting Any lighting … [Read more...]

Steven Soderbergh’s Next Film Shot On An iPhone


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) For a while, I -- and pretty much everyone here at Doddle -- have been very bullish on mobile filmmaking. I think it's the next paradigm shift for independent filmmaking, in the same way that DSLRs revolutionized cinematography nearly a decade ago. The first … [Read more...]

Official: Bond 25 To Premiere In 2019, Daniel Craig Reportedly Will Return


Updated: The NY Times is reporting Daniel Craig will indeed be back as James Bond for Bond 25, per anonymous sources close to the production. By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) We all know that there will be another James Bond film, sooner or later, but the question is when can we expect it. … [Read more...]

Comic-Con 2017: Marvel Studios Once Again Tops SDCC


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) If you've never been in line for Hall H on a Saturday night, let me set the scene for you. I typically go to bed early and wake up around 2 a.m. to take a shower, and then make my way down in order to get in line. Usually, I'm 3/4 the way to the back of the line. … [Read more...]

Comic-Con 2017: WB Unleashes New Justice League Trailer and More News


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Saturdays in Hall H at the San Diego Comic-Con are almost always the prize fight of the con every year. Marvel usually has the final panel, but Warner Bros. bookends Saturdays as one of the first. That means they try their damnedest to unseat Marvel. And we, as … [Read more...]

Comic-Con 2017: Netflix / Marvel’s The Defenders Gets New Trailer and More!


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Comic-Con: Netflix and Marvel have done an amazing job crafting a smaller part of the MCU set in New York. I loved Daredevil and Jessica Jones, Luke Cage was uneven, and despite Iron Fist being the weakest, it was still miles ahead of what most other comic book … [Read more...]

Interview: Kevin Conran of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) (Editor's Note: We are re-running this article.) I've been a huge fan of director Kerry Conran's Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow since it premiered in theaters back in 2004. I remember sitting down, and being blown away by it like I was watching something … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Dunkirk


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Christopher Nolan is one of the best directors of our era. In a time where studios only want to make sequels or exploit already established franchises, he is one of the few who can secure a large budget for something that is original, and still fill the theater to … [Read more...]

Sigma Announces Price and Availability for 14mm and 135mm T2 Cine Prime Lenses


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Sigma has been moving from their photography roots, and applying their expertise to the video market with spectacular results. In April at NAB Show 2017, Sigma added two new lenses to their Cine Prime lens series: The Sigma 14mm T2 FF and the Sigma 135mm T2 FF. … [Read more...]

A Geek’s Reaction to the New Blade Runner 2049 Trailer

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Blade Runner is one of those films that pretty much stands the test of time better than most science-fiction movies. It was so different from what came before, influenced so many projects, and it basically birthed the aesthetic for cyberpunk. It's also one of my … [Read more...]

New Star Wars: The Last Jedi Behind the Scenes Video, Posters, and More

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) I love Star Wars. Lots of my friends have memories of the first time they saw the original trilogy, but for me they've always just been there. As if I was born with the franchise imprinted in my brain. So every time there's just a little morsel of new Star Wars, I … [Read more...]

Baby Driver Was Edited in Real Time on Set


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Films typically go through five stages: Development, pre-production, production, post-production, and distribution. It used to be they were very separate from each other, but over the years there seems to be more blending going on — especially when it comes to … [Read more...]